In the spirit of the ONE WEEK100 PEOPLE challenge last week, I did about 20. Including trying to capture a few faces from TV. Lessons learned: I really need to practise seeing people and capturing gesture; when I draw men, they look feminine. Hmmmm….
I have a beautiful vase by ceramic artist Brenda Mader. A single tulip looked very elegant in it, but I found that my little sketch didn’t really capture the elegance. By the time I got around trying a different approach, the tulip was fading fast, but still attractive, to my eye anyways.
First, in Stillan & Birn Zeta sketchbook.
I’m behind with my posts, but the sketching continues. One of the lessons in the book I’m following suggests drawing a child’s toy robot. Lacking such a subject, I thought would draw Gumby instead — something simple to sketch at the end of a long day. Ha! Gumby turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.
Lesson 5 in Wil Freeborn’s book suggests drawing, then painting, the stuff in your pocket (wallet, keys etc.), so I emptied my purse. These are just a few of the many things that came out. Yes, that is an old flip phone.
Lesson learned: the more you draw, the better you become at capturing what you see; making a single, confident brushstroke is very effective, so it’s worth pausing to be sure before touching brush to paper.
Wil Freeborn’s Lesson 6 is to sketch your painting kit. I’ve noticed that all the sketchers I follow make a point of sketching their “kit”. Now that I’ve done it myself, it feels a bit like a rite of passage. Though, truth be told, my “kit” is still a work-in-progress as I continue to learn about brushes, pens and paint. This is a sketch of my small Schminke travel palette and miscellaneous tools. The grey blob is an indispensable kneaded eraser.
Lesson 4 in Wil Freeborn‘s book is a still life using shells and such. I spent way too long trying to compose a nice arrangement picking items from my vast shell collection. Having finally settled on an arrangement I liked, the drawing went well, but not the painting. So I decided to have a second go at it (on watercolour block for a change) and changed a few details. Well, the second one is better in some ways, but not in others. It’s all part of the ongoing learning process.
Lessons learned: keep it simple — I think there are too many different complex shapes that I then tried to render with too much detail; I like granulation when using cerulean blue in the mix; be subtle and build gradually.
This is the week of the sketching challenge #oneweek100people2017. I found I wasn’t up for drawing that many people, but I decided to try to do some at least. Here is one from my afternoon with my knitting and crochet group. More to be posted once I get the scanner hooked up.
Lesson learned: the drawings get better the more I draw, so don’t give up! My observation skills need excercise, just like the rest of me.
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